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    I was confident about the dragons game and we all know how that went, didn't expect to win but thought at least would be 6 or less. If they give Roberts early ball I feel we may constantly be playing catch up, feel like we need to score first...I hope like hell we win this but I will be watching expecting the worst.

    Hopefully with this new look middle there will be better defensive reads so we won't be caught out wide so much. If not the low life may end up with a hat trick...

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    Walters call for faith in halves
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    BRISBANE playmakers Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima’s early-season resurgence should be a blueprint for Titans counterparts Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey to get their side’s season back on track, according to Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

    Taylor and Elgey’s performances were criticised during Gold Coast’s Toowoomba meltdown in which they were clobbered 54-8 by St George Illawarra at the weekend.

    The Broncos halves duo came under intense scrutiny after their first-up loss to the Dragons three weeks ago but the doubters have backed off after consecutive wins.

    Walters, in his dual position as Brisbane assistant coach, saw first-hand how they rebounded.

    “The pressure on these players goes with the territory when you are playing in the halves,” he said ahead of the M1 Derby at Suncorp Stadium on the night of Easter Sunday.

    “It was on Milford and Nikorima ... when a team isn’t performing well, in the old days they used to blame the wingers but now they seem to blame the halves.

    “That’s just modern day rugby league. How they handle that now – only speaking from Kodi and Anthony’s behalf, they worked really hard and continue to work hard to try to improve their game.

    “As long as (Taylor and Elgey) are doing that, I’m sure that’s going to keep the coaching staff reasonably happy.”

    Walters went as far as to label the Titans’ six and seven “as good as any going around” and leapt to the defence of offcontract Elgey, who has been a constant target of fans since returning from a knee injury last year.

    “Kane is a good young player,” Walters said.

    “He has shown that at different stages throughout his career and I think that everyone needs to be reminded that it is only Round 4 of 26 in the NRL.”

    The southeast Queensland rival clubs have often had nailbiting derbies, including Brisbane’s 24-22 great escape at Suncorp Stadium last April.

    Walters was shocked by Gold Coast’s heavy defeat to the Dragons and is expecting them to bounce back from both that and their 54-0 crushing by the Broncos last August.

    “Regardless of the results of the season or where the teams are on the ladder, it’s always one of those games where you throw all that out and you just go and play some footy – not dissimilar to the Broncos-Cowboys games,” he said.

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    Ash Taylor pleads for patience under new Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan
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    STAR half Ash Taylor has urged Titans fans to keep faith in rookie coach Garth Brennan and his team but warned against expecting a “miracle” turnaround against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday evening.
    Still reeling from a 54-8 thrashing at the hands of the Dragons, the Titans are facing a Brisbane side that have won the past seven southeast Queensland derbies to the accumulated tune of 228-90.

    Taylor is yet to taste success in four games he has played against the club where he made his NRL debut in 2015 but is adamant that Brennan is building a team capable of challenging the premiership’s best sides.

    In order to rectify some alarming defensive deficiencies in the middle of the field Brennan has moved Bryce Cartwright to the bench, Jai Arrow from prop to lock and captain Ryan James from the back row to the front row to again partner Jarrod Wallace upfront.

    During the pre-season Brennan promised that his team would be one that never gives in and despite the lopsided nature of last Sunday’s scoreline, Taylor said it was cohesion and not effort that was lacking.

    “Obviously it’s a new structure and we’re still putting things in place and we’re learning as we go,” Taylor told foxsports.com.au.

    “To turn the tide this early in the season would be asking for a miracle. We’re working on things and we’re going to keep getting better as a team.

    “I can tell you now that we’re not short of effort, if anyone is questioning that.

    “We’re a new team. We can’t just turn up in the first round and perform the first three rounds and be a premiership threat. As our coach says, it’s a marathon, it’s not a 100m sprint race.

    Ben Ikin, Nathan Ryan and Ben Glover are joined by Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe to chat about the club’s incredible transformation on and off the field.

    “We’ve had two minor setbacks in our last two performances but we know we can be a team that can threaten the competition. We just have to go out there and prove it on the field.

    “The effort’s there, we’re always trying but the stuff we’re trying comes off sometimes and doesn’t come off other times.

    “We’ve just got to be a little bit patient and have faith in Garth and us players that we will turn it around in the near future.”

    Brennan worked with Taylor in a mentoring role before he was appointed as the third head coach in Titans history last October and is seeking to translate a faultless lower grade resume into NRL success.

    His young half said the new coach has been simply disappointed that what they showed in the second half against Canberra in Round 1 has not been repeated in the two games since.

    “All coaches have their traits. Garth is just more disappointed than anything because we have shown him the respect of how we can play when we do play,” Taylor said.

    “We’ve been off a bit the last two weeks and I think he’s just disappointed because he knows that scoreline shouldn’t be the way it was.

    “We’re still trying hard and making the effort, we just need to fix up some minor details.

    “The last two games doesn’t reflect us as a team and what we want to achieve as a team.”

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    Brennan reiterated his belief that the effort was there against St George Illawarra — albeit somewhat misplaced at times — and that trust between players will bring better results.

    “The more players know each other, the more they can rely on each other and know they’re going to be there to back them up if there’s a mistake in the defensive line,” said Brennan.

    “That comes with time. It’s the players getting to know each other. Whether on the field, off the field or in life, it takes a while to earn someone’s trust and there are some new structures in place that players are still getting to know.

    “It’s going to take a little bit of time and it showed on the weekend.”

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    Milford, Bird show
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    THE 'Milford and Bird Show' is about to have a second showing and rehearsals are underway for what the Brisbane Broncos hope will be a blockbuster double act.

    At Brisbane Broncos training on Monday, five-eighth Anthony Milford and left centre Jack Bird spent time in a specialised mini-session together as they worked on their combination with assistant coach Kevin Walters ahead of Sunday night's Telstra Premiership clash with the Gold Coast Titans.

    The Broncos are banking on the pair becoming a devastating left-side attacking force with Bird's involvement, support play and competitive nature viewed as the perfect complement to Milford's running game and off-the-cuff style.

    Milford and Bird both spent significant slabs of the pre-season in rehab or in training away from the main group and have played just once together. That was last Friday night's 9-7 win over the Wests Tigers.

    Milford spoke to NRL.com after being in deep conversation with Bird on the training paddock where the duo fine-tuned the timing of several attacking manoeuvres.

    "I've spoken to Jack about letting me know what he wants, when he wants it and what his strengths are," Milford said.

    "I've been picking his brain so that we can build a good partnership together, and hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.

    "He's a quality player. He's won a premiership and played Origin. He's a high-class athlete and a big competitor, so I'm looking forward to him getting back to his best and building a combination with him."

    "I thought he did a really good job on Friday night and we need him to do the same against Konnie ."

    Bird has been a right side player for most of his career but is resigned to the fact that James Roberts has the right centre position nailed down at the Broncos.

    "I did put my hand up to play left centre even though I haven't played on the left before, and I am happy to play there because Jimmy plays on the right," Bird told NRL.com.

    "I felt comfortable against the Tigers and as time goes on, hopefully, I will feel even comfortable on that left side.

    "Me and Milly have put in a lot of extra work practising our combinations and we still have some things to work on, but we will only get better."

    NRL.com columnist and Broncos legend Steve Renouf carved out a stellar career as a centre for the club and said there were key reasons why the Milford/Bird partnership could be a winner.

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    Taylor says we shouldn’t judge them by their performances and that’s very good advice. I usually judge them by which side moss grows on a tree ... fairdinkum.
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    Broncos prop Matt lodge misses training with illness ahead of Titans clash
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    BRONCOS forward Matt Lodge is expected to be cleared for Sunday’s derby clash with the Titans, despite missing training through a mystery illness.

    Lodge and centre James Roberts were missing from Thursday morning’s session at Red Hill, but a Broncos spokesman said both will be fine to play on Sunday.

    Roberts was absent due to a personal matter, while controversial prop Lodge did warm up with the Broncos before cutting his morning short.

    It is understood he was not allowed to run due to a minor medical procedure related to the mystery illness he suffered ahead of Round 1.

    The Broncos spokespeman said Lodge will be fine to play on Sunday, while teammate Sam Thaiday alluded that the illness was a private matter.

    “I don’t want to say why he didn’t train today,” Thaiday said.

    “It’s a sore back door ... I’ll just leave it at that.”

    Thaiday himself has also been cleared for the showdown, after suffering a head knock against the Tigers last Friday.

    “I was nursed through the first couple of days of training but feeling really good,” Thaiday said this morning.

    “I got through the session today and we’ll do a little bit more on Saturday, more contact and stuff. I’ll be ready to go Sunday.

    “I was a bit dizzy (on Friday). I can’t overly remember too much of what happened but I’ve been through all the protocols now and ticked all the boxes with the doctors.

    “I’ll make sure I protect myself a little bit more this time.”

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    Boyd reveals secret weapon to defuse Taylor bombs
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    The Brisbane Broncos are expecting an aerial bombardment from Ash Taylor on Sunday night but catching sessions with a high-tech ball machine have them ready to defuse any towering floaters.

    Broncos captain Darius Boyd and retired winger Jharal Yow Yeh have told NRL.com about the extra confidence the back three at the club, in particular, have gained from the sessions leading into the Suncorp Stadium clash with the Gold Coast Titans.

    The ball machine sessions are the brainchild of assistant coach Kurt Richards who has studied the hang time of bombs sent up by the likes of Nathan Cleary, Cooper Cronk and Taylor. But this machine can send them up even higher.

    Boyd and wingers Jamayne Isaako and Jonus Pearson are set to be the beneficiaries of the sessions when Taylor peppers the skies on Sunday.

    "Our funny ball machine flips out these massive kicks that go 40, 50 and 60 metres in the air that are hard to catch and they go twice as high as what someone could probably kick a ball," Boyd told NRL.com.

    "There's the sheer height of it, the way it comes down, and a bit of wind can make it quite tough, so the boys have got a lot of confidence out of catching them.

    "When a game comes and they only go up half as high you feel like you are going to catch them.

    "Ash Taylor is very good at those high kicks and we watched how Benji [Marshall] was putting up some spirals and floaters from the last few rounds and we spoke about our positioning for that. I thought we handled most of the [Wests] Tigers kicks pretty well, so the machine has been a big help."

    Yow Yeh has worked closely with the Broncos wingers and done sessions himself with the machine, where the training replicates game conditions.

    "Ash Taylor's strength is predominantly his kicking game and putting up what we wingers call floaters, which are very hard to catch when they are coming down at a rate of knots," Yow Yeh said.

    "Richo has done a great job with the boys because when they use that ball machine at training they have people coming at them and Richo has the tackling bags out and puts pressure on them at the same time.

    "At the end of a set of six it could mean the result in a game if someone drops the ball, or you end up defending your line."

    The Broncos have given 22-year-old Pearson his 10th NRL game and Yow Yeh said he was outstanding under the high ball.

    "I think he brings a bit of an X-factor to the team," Yow Yeh said.

    "I don’t think we've seen all of what Jonus has to offer yet. He is still growing as a player and just needs more time in the NRL. I am really excited to see where he can go from here."

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    Gordon: This is not the time to panic
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    The Gold Coast Titans players have had some "truth sessions" this week but veteran fullback Michael Gordon insists the club is not in crisis.

    The 54-8 drubbing at the hands of the St George Illawarra Dragons last week has many pundits wondering whether the Titans are set for another poor season under new coach Garth Brennan. But Gordon said he had been around long enough to know having 50 points scored against you in round three is not the death knell for a season.

    "It was obviously a disappointing game on the weekend but it is not panic stations," Gordon told NRL.com.

    "I don’t feel like we are in crisis, but if we dish up anything like that again we'd need to address it straight away.

    "Everyone was clear about what went wrong and how to fix it.

    "I know every time I've been in a side that has been beaten like that the focus the next week at training is pretty easy.

    "Generally the team rarely backs up with another performance like that. We'll turn up ready to play this week."

    As the fullback Gordon's role is to marshall the troops in defence with talk.

    "Once you start getting scores like that and are behind the posts the talk becomes meaningless after a while," he said.

    "It is a hard one during a game, but once you sit down and analyse it with the group you can pinpoint where things went wrong."

    There has been plenty of that this week. Brennan has had a serious truth session with his men behind closed doors where the microscope was put on everything. It was not just one or two who needed to be pulled into gear ahead of Sunday night's Telstra Premiership clash with the Brisbane Broncos.

    "The coach put everyone on show, not just one or two, because everyone had poor misses or reads in the game and when that is happening it is never a good thing," Gordon said.

    "Everyone took their medicine, as you do."

    "We are people who take a lot of pride in what we do and that wasn't acceptable on the weekend but I'm confident we will be a lot better."

    The 34-year-old said he was relishing the challenge of helping the Titans rebuild the club under Brennan.

    He lives in the Northern Rivers of NSW where he played his junior football.

    "I'm signed for two years and I plan on fulfilling that," he said.

    "The motivation to come here was that it was a chance to come home and play in front of my friends and family.

    "I was signed at the Roosters for another year and could have quite easily stayed down there with a potentially premiership winning team, but I was excited by the challenge of coming home."

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    Some really disgraceful scorelines there. It's totally unacceptable and I am hoping for a tough win on Sunday.

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    12 games at Lang Park, 11 loses. 1 solitary victory, which was our first in 2007. That would go a long way to explain the evaporation of our Brisbane fanbase and loyal Titans fans travelling up the M1.

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    I’ll have a bumper crowd at home in Nanjing this weekend for the first Chitans bbq of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    I’ll have a bumper crowd at home in Nanjing this weekend for the first Chitans bbq of the season.
    Well we must win then. Don't want to disappoint. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, the Coastal Cobras (Representing north west HK) will be wearing Titans jerseys at the Nines in May thanks to the generosity of the club. (Wasn't me who organised BTW)

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    Kevin Walters says Jai Arrow’s inexperience won’t count against him at Maroons selection table
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    QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters insists Jai Arrow’s limited NRL experience will not count against him when Maroons selectors sit down to formulate a squad to win the 2018 State of Origin series.

    Arrow has just 27 first grade games to his name but is firmly putting his hand up for higher honours after excelling in the early rounds of this season.

    The Keebra Park product’s path has been likened to Jarrod Wallace, having switched from the Broncos back to his hometown team in search of more opportunities.

    Wallace made that very move last year and months later was debuting for Queensland.

    Arrow started only three of his 24 Broncos games but in three Titans starts has amassed big numbers, averaging 25 tackles and 149 running metres to be hailed by coach Garth Brennan as “our standout this year”.

    The 22-year-old was selected in the 2018 Queensland Emerging Origin squad and has history with Walters from time spent together at the Broncos.

    “He has been impressive and we are certainly aware from a Queensland point of view of Jai’s talents,” said Fox League commentator Walters.

    “He is a very strong-willed young fella and I think he has got some good ideas on where he wants to go and how he wants to get there.”

    Walters rejected the notion of protecting Arrow from the brutal Origin arena until he has more games under his belt, indicating he will be selected if considered good enough.

    “No, we don’t look at games,” he said.

    “We just look at the consistency of their football and what sort of impact they are having at their club. Jai is doing everything right in that regard.”

    Such is Arrow’s form that in a reshuffled pack he has won the No.13 jersey and forced high-profile recruit Bryce Cartwright back to the bench.

    Round 4 this Sunday night at Suncorp Stadium will be his next stern test against his former club, with enforcer Josh McGuire to line up opposite him for Brisbane.

    The Titans entered the round in 14th on the ladder, seven places below their southeast Queensland rival.

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    Jai’s a shot at Origin
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    QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters insists Jai Arrow’s limited NRL experience will not count against him when Maroons selectors sit down to formulate a squad to win the 2018 State of Origin series.

    Arrow has just 27 first grade games to his name but is firmly putting his hand up for higher honours after excelling in the early rounds of this season.

    The Keebra Park product’s path has been likened to Jarrod Wallace, having switched from the Broncos back to his hometown team in search of more opportunities.

    Wallace made the move last year and months later was debuting for Queensland.

    Arrow started only three of his 24 Broncos games but in three Titans starts has amassed big numbers, averaging 25 tackles and 149 running metres to be hailed by Garth Brennan as “our standout this year”.

    The 22-year-old was selected in the 2018 Emerging Origin squad and has history with Walters from time spent together at the Broncos.

    “He has been impressive and we are certainly aware from a Queensland point of view of Jai’s talents,” said Fox League commentator Walters.

    “He is a very strong-willed young fella and I think he has got some good ideas on where he wants to go and how he wants to get there.”

    Walters rejected protecting Arrow from the brutal Origin arena until he has more games under his belt, indicating he will be selected if considered good enough. “No, we don’t look at games,” he said. “We just look at the consistency of their football and what sort of impact they are having at their club. Jai is doing everything right in that regard.”

    Such is Arrow’s form that in a reshuffled pack he has won the No.13 jersey and forced high-profile recruit Bryce Cartwright back to the bench.

    Round 4 tomorrow will be his next stern test against his former club, with enforcer Josh McGuire to line up opposite him for Brisbane.

    The Titans entered the round in 14th on the ladder, seven places below their southeast Queensland rival.

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